Fashion Writer

Angel Chen

Angel Chen




Based between London and Shanghai, ready-to-wear label Angel Chen offers whimsical yet wearable collections grounded by technical innovation. The labelโ€™s multifunctional, unisex pieces can be worn in dozens of ways, allowing the individual to personalise garments to suit different styles and needs.


As a young girl, Shenzhen-born Angel Chen learned sewing techniques from her grandmother, and would regularly flick through fashion magazines, aspiring to be like John Galliano. She was just 17 when she started interning for couture and contemporary houses including Vera Wang, Marchesa and Alexander Wang in New York. She went on to receive a bachelorโ€™s degree in womenswear from Central Saint Martins in 2014, and upon graduation she debuted at Shanghai Fashion Week to sensational international acclaim.

Backed by exemplary craftsmanship, her individuality as a designer radiates through a vivid play on colours, unexpected silhouettes and boundary-pushing fabrics. 


Landing Sony as her sponsor for her 2014 graduate collection, โ€˜Les Nocesโ€™ (The Wedding)โ€™, her following SS15 catwalk entitled โ€˜The Rite of Springโ€™ secured orders from renowned LA retailer H.Lorenzo. In May 2015, she created a capsule SS16 collection called โ€˜Youthquakeโ€™ for the esteemed retailerโ€™s window display. Further to her achievements, sheโ€™s done collaborations with Sony creating electronic accessories; bags and cases for cellphones and cameras, as well as partnerships with the likes of Airbnb, Uber, Swarovski and Khielโ€™s.


As a young designer, Chen has already engaged a number of infuencers such as Dua Lipa, Chris Li Yu Chun, Fan Bing Bing, Zhou Zun, Jike Junyi, Heidi Lee, Amanda Steele and William Chan Wai Ting. She has garnered tremendous attention on an international scale, with her striking collections published in Vogue, i-D, The Times, Wonderland and Hunger to name a few. Her debut collection lead to i-D magazine naming her as one of the โ€˜Top 5 graduate designers of the yearโ€™,  and the following year she scooped Fashion Scoutโ€™s coveted โ€˜Ones to Watchโ€™ award for her AW'15 collection, which was presented during London Fashion Week. Most recently in 2016, she was shortlisted for Forbesโ€™s โ€˜30 Under 30โ€™ as a top young entrepreneur of arts and design.


Angel Chen is carried by renowned global retailers including Opening Ceremony, Joyce, H.Lorenzo in the United States, Urban Outfitters in the UK, Excelsior Milano, Beams in Tokyo Japan, Impression in Doha, Lane Crawford, Liger, IT and D-Mop in Hong Kong, as well as retailers across China including Hug, Round Round, Wolee, Joy, Lane Crawford, Dong Liang, MDC, Four Season, Little Thing, Shinan and Yanyi.

Paule Ka

Paule Ka